Changes in Prefectural Incomes and Population
Because of its nearness to Tokyo and as a result of an upgraded rapid transportation network,Fukushima Prefecture is seeing a remarkable growth in the number of corporations
Moreover,the rate of per capita income growth among the prefecture's citizens is now
population of Fukushima has risen every year since 1972,with particularly sizable increases in the Naka-dori and Hama-dori regions.
Owing to improvements in per capita income throughout the nation in recent years,people are devoting more time to improving their quality of life. Consequently,the prefectural government is moving briskly to develop communities that offer natural environments in harmony with urban functionality. These communities feature homes,green tracts of land,and parks,blending with and utilizing the characteristics of their surroundings.
In the workplace,the introduction of office automation has been rapid,and in Fukushima Prefecture about 70% of small and medium sized companies employ office automation in some form. Corporations offering a five-day workweek are on the rise,and Fukushima's citizens are seeking effective use of their increased leisure time. In addition,a rising number of women are working and filling important jobs; Fukushima Prefecture actively supports these working
Urban and Rural Communities
In the rural communities of Fukushima,depopulation,caused by migration of youth,and an increase in the number of elderly people presents a serious problem. At the same time,people in urban areas such as Tokyo are viewing rural communities with greater interest as places for recreation and education. Having recognized the resulting opportunity,Fukushima Prefecture is wholeheartedly promoting the exchange of people in urban and rural areas. It is also supporting activities to encourage young people to remain in their rural communities.